December 5, 1974 - Boston Garden - Boston, MA

Jimmy Snuka pinned Johnny Rodz after a gutwrench suplex in 0:07:18.
Rating: ***

The only thing unpredictable about Johnny Rodz is exactly how he is going to lose every month. Rodz is an interesting case, because fundamentally, he is a very skilled competitor, but there's just something about him where he can't put a match away. He wouldn't get that clean pinfall win here in our opener in Boston, as Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka got back on the winning track with an impressive victory.

Ox Baker pinned Dino Bravo with the Heart Punch in 0:04:40.
Rating: -*

Bobby Heenan's Family has been in disarray recently, what with Bobby Duncum going rogue and battling with Blackjack Lanza, formally taking himself out of the stable. Things have gotten worse as Heenan announced tonight that Nick Bockwinkel has unexpectedly left GCW, choosing to follow some acting leads in Hollywood. Heenan announced that there is nothing to worry about, because the Heenan Family is still strong with Lanza, Ray Stevens, and the debuting OX BAKER. Baker is a hoss of a man, and just plain scary looking. His opponent was Dino Bravo, an impressive rookie who has looked great in tag team action with his mentor, Gorilla Monsoon. Bravo is a strong competitor, but he couldn't do much against the massive Baker, who finished this off with a devastating Heart Punch. With Baker in tow, Heenan could be running GCW in no time.

Jimmy Snuka and Tony Garea defeated Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka when J. Snuka pinned Fuji with the Superfly Splash in 0:08:46.
Rating: ** 1/2
(Dominic DeNucci no-showed.)

The match was originally slated to be Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka taking on Dominic DeNucci & Tony Garea, but when the announcements were made, DeNucci was nowhere to be seen. No one knew exactly where he was, including Garea. Garea was ready to wrestle in a handicap match, which may have been career suicide, but luckily for him, JIMMY SNUKA ran down to be Garea's partner. The addition of the Superfly into the match threw Fuji & Tanaka completely off their games. Not only that, but Snuka & Garea meshed extremely well as a team, looking as if they had been teaming for years instead of for the first time ever. It resulted in an upset win for Snuka & Garea, and a highly frustrated contingent from the Land of the Rising Sun. Fuji & Tanaka have demanded a rematch and promised that with having time to be prepared, history would not repeat itself.

Luke Graham explains why he attacked Ivan Koloff.

Luke Graham was one of the most popular wrestlers in GCW, but that is no more after he turned his back on the fans by costing Ivan Koloff the World Heavyweight Title by throwing a fireball into his face in Providence. Koloff's injuries have healed, but his anger hasn't subsided. Luke Graham was out for an interview here in Boston to explain his actions, and clearly he has some screws loose. Something has snapped within Graham, but maybe his actions shouldn't be all that surprising. After all, Graham was one of the most sinister individuals in GCW for years. When asked why he did what he did, Graham simply laughed. That's all he did - laugh. This answer didn't sit well with Ivan Koloff, who hit the ring from the back and swung his chain at Graham. Graham ducked out of the ring unscathed, laughing at Koloff the whole time. That man is sick, plain and simple. But what's really sick is that this sure to be bloody feud is only getting started.

Blackjack Lanza made Mr. Wrestling I submit to the Blackjack Claw in 0:13:07.
Rating: *** 1/2

For Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Duncum, tonight was about oneupsmanship. Each man wanted to prove to the other that they were the superior wrestler, but their opponents weren't going to lie down and make it easy for them. Lanza's opponent was Mr. Wrestling I, one of the top technical wrestlers in the game. Wrestling I's style was frustrating Lanza to say the least. Lanza likes to punch you in the mouth right from the word go, but Wrestling I didn't let that happen, using a variety of holds to wear down Lanza. Lanza's desire to out do Duncum almost cost him this match, but in the end, he narrowly escaped with the win by catching Wrestling I by surprise with the Blackjack Claw. Duncum, it's your turn.

Pedro Morales pinned Ernie Ladd after a clothesline in 0:07:18.
Rating: ** 1/4

Pedro Morales is one of the best in the world, but he showed tonight that he's not above cheating. He has said he does it not because he has to, but because he can. He had a tough man going against him in Ernie Ladd, but Morales showed that craftiness when he clocked Ladd with a clothesline and put his feet on the ropes for extra leverage to get the 1-2-3.

Nikolai Volkoff and Gorilla Monsoon battled to a double countout in 0:15:19.
Rating: -3/4*

Gorilla Monsoon & Nikolai Volkoff beat the trash out of each other for 15 minutes in our next match. It wasn't pretty, but when you take a look at who was involved, to expect pretty would be ridiculous. We did get a bruising fight though that didn't see a clear winner as both men were more than happy to keep fighting on the floor than go for winning the match. A double countout was the result, but neither party cared all that much.

Billy Graham defeated Don Muraco when Don Muraco passed out in the Bearhug in 0:13:53.
Rating: ** 1/2
[The Grand Wizard interfered against Don Muraco.]

Don Muraco put up a valiant fight, but he fell just short against "Superstar" Billy Graham. I swear that every time we see Billy Graham, he is that much stronger and that much meaner. He isn't the raw unproven rookie he was a few years ago - he is a bonafied superstar. Muraco is a man coming into his own as well, but seems to be just a few key steps away from reaching this top level. Muraco looked good, but got got going for the Flying Crossbody by the powerful Graham, who turned it into the Bearhug to get the duke.

Baron Von Raschke made Ray Stevens submit to the Claw in 0:06:35.

Ray Stevens hasn't been wrestling as a singles for years, but he is definitely not a man who backs down from that challenge, stepping right into the hornet's nest against Baron Von Raschke. Unlike most wrestlers who go against Raschke, Stevens didn't back down at all, getting right in his face and challenging him to hit him with his best shot. A gutsy move by anyone's definition, but a foolish one. Raschke doesn't need much of a window to knock you out, and that's what ended up happening to Stevens tonight. It wasn't long before Stevens was caught in the Claw and he quickly submitted to spare himself injury. Stevens said this was all merely a miscalculation, and promises there won't be a repeat performance on December 30 at MSG.

Bobby Duncum pinned Carlos Colon with the Full Nelson Slam in 0:06:43.
Rating: *** 1/2

I would say if there was a competition between Bobby Duncum & Blackjack Lanza, Bobby Duncum won. Whatever has gotten into Duncum, it does not bode well for the rest of Global Championship Wrestling, and especially for Blackjack Lanza. Duncum's opponent tonight was Carlos Colon, known universally as one of the toughest men in wrestling. You wouldn't know it from watching this match, as Duncum was on another planet. It was like Colon's offense didn't even phase him, and it only served to full Duncum's rage even more. The match ended in a hurry as Duncum planted Colon into the canvas with the Full Nelson Slam. Good morning, good afternoon, good night. After the match, BLACKJACK LANZA tried to attack Duncum, but Duncum saw him coming and grabbed his branding iron, keeping Lanza at bay before he got in the ring. Duncum may have won this battle, but we'll see who wins the war when the two go one-on-one at MSG.

The Texas Outlaws (Dusty Rhodes and Dick Murdoch) defeated The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy Valiant and Johnny Valiant) when Dusty Rhodes pinned Jimmy Valiant with the Bionic Elbowdrop in 0:19:08.
Rating: ** 1/2
(The Texas Outlaws retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)
[Lou Albano interfered against Dick Murdoch.]

Our wrestling main event was for the World Tag Team Titles as The Texas Outlaws defended against The Valiant Brothers. Captain Lou Albano had Jimmy & Johnny ready to go, but Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch are always ready to get into a good old-fashioned country brawl. That's exactly what we got because even though they're rough around the edges, the Outlaws are great at turning any match into their style of match. If you're going to beat them, you better be able to out brawl them. The Valiants did their best, as they were surprisingly adept at fighting. However, nobody does it better than the Outlaws, who successfully retained their titles.

Harley Race celebrates his World Title win.

The show closed out with our new World champion HARLEY RACE coming out for an interview. Race came out sporting two titles as he is also the reigning United States champion. If Race was confident before, now that he's holding the two major singles titles in GCW, his arrogance is going to be unmatched. Race declared that because of this, he is officially not only the gretest wrestler in the world today, but the greatest wrestler of all-time. This brought out BILLY ROBINSON, who needless to say was not thrilled about the braggard statements of our champion. Robinson said that sure, holding the World & US Titles might make him the best right now, but to say that he was the greatest ever was a huge slap in the face to the ones who came before them - Lou Thesz, Buddy Rogers, Bobo Brazil, Gorgeous George. Robinson said he might not have took the US Title from Race, but he guaranteed he would take the World Title from him at Madison Square Garden! Race laughed and asked what made Robinson think he deserved a shot at the World Title. All Robinson said was, "This…" and slapped Race across the face! Robinson confidently left the ring, leaving Race fuming! Race said that if Robinson wanted a title shot, he had it! We later learned that the match has been made 2-out-of-3 falls!

Card rating: ** 1/2

Match observations:

1974 has been a marquee year for GCW, and there is still one monumental show left to go on December 30, the big year-end show from Madison Square Garden!

WORLD TITLE 2-OF-3 FALLS MATCH - Harley Race (c) vs. Billy Robinson
BUNKHOUSE MATCH - Ivan Koloff vs. Luke Graham
Bobby Duncum vs. Blackjack Lanza
Baron Von Raschke vs. Ox Baker
Jimmy Snuka/Tony Garea vs. Mr. Fuji/Toru Tanaka

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